Engineered Stone Myth #3: The Accuracy of Samples

Welcome to Myth-Busting Mondays where we DEBUNK the myths surrounding popular products used around the home!
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For our third post, we’ll be discussing just how accurate sample ships really are, to be followed next week by staining concerns in Engineered Stone products.

Myth #3 – Your new benchtop will look just like the sample you picked it out from

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A Kitchen Designer’s Guide to Porcelain Benchtops

Porcelain benchtops are fast taking over the world of kitchen design. Engineered and Natural stones have  long been the go-to option for every kitchen benchtop however, all that seems about to change with the ever growing popularity and availability of porcelain benchtops. Read on to find out more about the many qualities of porcelain benchtops.

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Colour Your World – Abstract Art by Melbourne Artist Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas, an Abstract Artist based in Melbourne, creates fabulous pieces that are quite literally bursting with colour! We spoke with the lovely Emma recently to find out what drives her exciting work.

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The REAL Cost of a New Kitchen

With the introduction of more sophisticated and durable finishes and materials in the world of kitchen design, there has been a steady increase in the overall costs of renovating or building a brand new kitchen. Today, we’ll be exploring the REAL costs of a new kitchen and how you can SAVE! Continue reading “The REAL Cost of a New Kitchen”

Kitchen Trends to Look out for in 2017

This article is brought to us by Amelia Atkins, an author on the site smoothdecorator.com

Are you decorating your house, but don’t really know where to start? The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home: it needs to be practical, but it also needs to look great! The kitchen is the place where our families spend quality time together – over breakfast, making meals together and doing chores. With all the time you spend in the kitchen, cooking, eating and cleaning up, the ambiance is very important.

Here are some of the hottest new trends designers are suggesting for 2017.

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Tiling Ideas for an Art Deco Inspired Bathroom

The Art Deco style has, and always will be a timeless look – learn more about the Art Deco movement in our Art Deco Style Guide. A luxe combination of metallic surfaces, structured geometric lines and high gloss finishes, the style represents a glamorous, high end lifestyle that introduces a sophisticated elegance to any space.

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Today, we’ll be looking at the different types, styles and colours of tiles that will help you achieve an Art Deco inspired bathroom.

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Engineered Stone Myth #2: Engineered Stone cracks easily

Welcome to Myth-Busting Mondays where we DEBUNK the myths surrounding popular products used around the home!

For the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on Engineered Stone products such as Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, Smartstone and Essastone. Our first myth covered chipping in Engineered Stones – Click here to read!

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Myth #2: Engineered Stone cracks easily

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Black Tapware: Just a fad or here to stay?

Black tapware has been around for some years now: what started as yet another colour trend we thought we’d forget all about, has proceeded to make a huge impact on kitchen and bathroom design.

But, will it last?

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The Rebirth of Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been used to introduce both colour and texture in interior spaces since the early 1800s, peaking in popularity in the Victorian era. Since then, we have seen great developments in the world of wallpaper, from various materials and textures now available, and new ways of both gluing and removing wallpaper in a way that will be simple and cost effective.

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These surprising new ways of using wallpaper have reintroduced the material into the world of interior design as it provides a simple and effective way of inserting instant personality and colour into a space.

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Interior Design How To: Make Your Space Lighter & Brighter

Your home may not receive enough natural light or you may just want to make a space a bit brighter – whatever the case, there is a solution to create the look you are after without the need for new windows or skylights.

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Read on to find out how you can easily brighten up your home!

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Our 6 Top Picks in Modern Chandeliers

Welcome to Tuesdays Top Picks – Every Tuesday, we’ll be counting off our top selections in various categories to help make those last minute decisions that much simpler!

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Ornate chandeliers inject glamour, elegance and class into a space and evoke old world charm into any decorating scheme. Although chandeliers are often associated with more traditional or ‘old fashioned’ spaces, lighting designers have been busy creating modern takes on the old chandelier, resurrecting the piece and transforming it into a modern work of art, allowing chandeliers a place in today’s ever-changing modern market.

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Engineered Stone Myth #1: Chipping

Welcome to Myth-Busting Mondays where we DEBUNK the myths surrounding popular products used around the home!

Engineered or Composite stones such as Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, Smartstone and Essastone are used in most new kitchens or kitchen renovations these days. These popular benchtop products are highly durable, stylish and easy to maintain, especially when compared to natural stones such as marble and granite.

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However, there are some mixed reviews out there causing consumers to question the overall quality and durability of engineered stones. We thought we’d target some key concerns raised by clients in the past and hopefully DEBUNK some of the myths surrounding this popular benchtop option.

For our first post, we’ll be discussing concerns chipping in Engineered Stone products, followed in the next few weeks by: cracking, staining and the accuracy of samples, all key concerns regarding Engineered Stone products.

Myth #1 – Engineered Stone chips easily

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On Trend: Moroccan Inspired Home Decor Ideas

Texture, Colour and Pattern: the three key elements to Moroccan inspired decor, the latest trend to hit our homes! Drawing inspiration from the recent popularity of Moroccan tiles, the vibrancy, colour and pattern of the Moroccan style creates a room filled with texture, warmth and character. Read on for our top picks in Moroccan styled homewares!

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The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Tiles

Selecting tiles can be an overwhelming task! Whether you are working on a new bathroom, updating your kitchen splashback or re-tiling your whole house, there truly is a world of possibilities available in the tiling industry. So where do you start? How do you make the decision less daunting?

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Interior Design How to: Design the Perfect Bathroom Vanity

It may sound simple: designing a bathroom vanity. However, there are many smaller details to consider in ensuring that the end result is something that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical and functional. A vanity is something that we literally use every single day: we wash our face and hands, we brush our teeth, we brush our hair, we apply make up – you want your vanity to not only last, but also be easy to keep clean and pack plenty of storage!

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